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Kerr's calm century sees New Zealand through in tense chase
A calm and composed Amelia Kerr took New Zealand over the line with an unbeaten century after they were set a target of 210 in 45 overs, in Durban, on what their captain Sophie Devine called a "tricky surface". It was a consolation win for New Zealand as hosts South Africa had already won the series by claiming the first two ODIs. But two points took New Zealand to the top half of the Women's Championship table, where they are now fifth and South Africa second, behind India. Despite the fact that South Africa lost a started up Marizanne Kapp after she had bowled only three overs in the pursuit - her pulse shot up and she left the field as a safety measure. CSA had later said she was "getting along nicely and resting in the changeroom" - they will likewise mourn the handling slips, dumped gets and botched run-out opportunities that could have changed the outcome. New Zealand's hitters, drove by Kerr's fourth ODI century, capitalized on the mistakes and returned home with ten balls in excess. In the wake of picking to bowl, New Zealand had the hosts in a spot of trouble when their speedy bowlers Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu and Devine consolidated to lessen South Africa to 43 for 3 in the twelfth over. At the point when it seemed to be in-structure skipper Laura Wolvaardt and Kapp planned to keep them consistent, Devine sent Wolvaardt back for a 54-ball 24 with a drag-on while playing her brand name drive. From that point, Kapp rescued the innings as well as moved along at an energetic speed despite the fact that wickets fell around her. She was fundamentally helped by Chloe Tryon, playing her 100th ODI, in a fifth-wicket stand of 58 and afterward by Sinola Jafta for an organization of 41 for the seventh wicket. When Jafta was gotten behind off Tahuhu, Kapp additionally edged behind, for 72 off 73 off Kerr, with the score on 188. South Africa were before long bowled out for 209 in 44.3 overs. Morning showers had transformed this into a 48-over game toward the beginning, a further break in the center diminished it to 45 overs a side and since the hosts were full scale, New Zealand needed to pursue 210 and not a reconsidered target. South Africa began their safeguard major areas of strength for in when Suzie Bates, playing her 300th worldwide game, was gotten at midwicket by a jumping Tazmin Brits off Masabata Klaas for 9. The simplicity with which Kerr and Devine then, at that point, put on 64 for the subsequent wicket, taking them past 100 all the while, made it appear as though the guests would walk around the objective. In any case, Nonkululeko Mlaba's twofold strike and Maddy Green's duck added a wind. Devine and Green were the two survivors of mishap: the New Zealand skipper attempted to push an apparently harmless ball to the covers, yet it kept low and moved onto her stumps. In the following over, Green moved down the track and went for a drive, she missed it as did Jafta however the ball bobbed off the wicketkeeper's gloves and stirred things up around town. Georgia Plimmer's cut, away from the body, offered a straightforward catch to point off Mlaba. It had New Zealand firmly positioned 127 for 4, having lost 3 for 21 in the past 49 balls. The wickets added to a limit dry spell that endured north of 12 overs, however Brooke Halliday broke the shackles in the 31st over. The fifth-wicket stand saw off a strained stage with Kerr enduring a nearby lbw yell, off Tryon, and Halliday's chip down the ground missing the mark concerning mid-off in something similar over. Halliday before long endure a run-out possibility too, because of a full-length plunge. She got one more life when Klaas put down a sitter at midwicket in the 41st over. At this point, Kerr had arrived at a strong 87 with the assistance of 11 fours, a large portion of them coming behind square and through the covers, and she, with Halliday, had guaranteed the asking rate never got six an over for the majority of their organization. What's more, when it did, Halliday smacked Klaas for three fours in an over before Kerr got to 99 with a four next finished and tapped the ball towards highlight squeeze the single that finished her coordinate winning hundred years alongside the game.